Lisa McDonald

PACC-FMAs 2024 welcomes a swell of new attendees for a week of talks and sloths

By Lisa McDonald / April 19, 2024

The 2024 Pan American Ceramics Congress and Ferroelectrics Meeting of Americas took place April 7–11 in Panama City, Panama. The conference witnessed a surge in attendance compared to 2022 and welcomed a record-number of students from South American countries.

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Video: EPA finalizes limits on ‘forever chemicals’ in US drinking water

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2024

On April 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the first legally enforceable national drinking water standards for several common types of PFAS chemicals. Learn what the new standards mean for U.S. drinking water and how ceramics may play a role in the cleanup efforts.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 17, 2024

Magnetic nanographene butterfly, resistance-free electron channels, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 17, 2024.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 15, 2024

By Lisa McDonald / April 15, 2024

EU establishes strategic partnership with Uzbekistan on critical raw materials, U.S. glass manufacturers invited to decarbonization workshop, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 15, 2024.

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Building slag resistance: Effects of corundum aggregate type on hot metal ladle bricks

By Lisa McDonald / April 12, 2024

The choice of starting material for refractory ceramics can greatly affect the product’s final properties. Researchers from Wuhan University of Science and Technology in China investigated the effects of different corundum aggregates on Al2O3-SiC-C bricks.

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Video: Robot roundup for National Robotics Week

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2024

To celebrate this year’s National Robotics Week, we have curated some of our past CTTs featuring fun innovations in robot technology.

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Other materials stories that may be of interest

By Lisa McDonald / April 10, 2024

Subterranean storage of hydrogen, 3D print unknown materials, and other materials stories that may be of interest for April 10, 2024.

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Semiconductor advancements: Elastic strain ‘map’ guides the fine-tuning of material properties

By Lisa McDonald / April 9, 2024

Elastic strain engineering has potential to improve processing performance in the semiconductor industry. Researchers led by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Massachusetts Institute of Technology used machine learning to create a map that shows how to tune the thermal and electronic properties of crystalline materials via strain engineering.

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Ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 8, 2024

By Lisa McDonald / April 8, 2024

RHI Magnesita announces intention to acquire Resco Group, Silicon Carbide Innovation Alliance to drive industrial-scale semiconductor work, and more ceramic and glass business news of the week for April 8, 2024.

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Ceramics for manufacturing, plus more inside April 2024 ACerS Bulletin

By Lisa McDonald / April 4, 2024

The April 2024 issue of the ACerS Bulletin—featuring ceramics for manufacturing—is now available online. Plus—new C&GM.

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